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    THE JAMES ADAM SALE OF IMPORTANT IRISH ART IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

    The evening sale of Important Irish Art by James Adam in Dublin on May 31 contains 161 lots and includes art from the collection of the late Gillian Bowler.  She collected Irish art from the late ’70’s onwards by artists including Louis le Brocquy, Barrie Cooke, Tony O’Malley, Basil Blackshaw, T.P. Flanagan, Patrick Collins, Stephen McKenna, Rowan Gillespie and others.  Bowler was founding chairman of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)
    Early Morning, Cliffony (1941) (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 70,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) Gubellaunaun from the Bog (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    Sean Keating PRHA HRSA HRA (1889-1978)
    The Turf Quay, Aran (40,000-60,000)UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000 AT HAMMER

    Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)
    Dans Les Vignes (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 32,000 AT HAMMER

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Fan Tailed Pigeons (528) (40,000-60,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 58,000 AT HAMMER

    Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003)
    Winter Lines and Shapes UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER (2,000-4,000)

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    PERIOD AND CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, May 5th, 2017

    Period and contemporary jewellery will come under the hammer at the James Adam summer auction of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin on May 9. The sale, curated by Claire-Laurence Mestrallet is designed to appeal to every taste, young and old, funky and sophisticated.  The highlight is a  signed Cartier lapis lazuli cultured pearl and diamond necklace which is estimated at 25,000-35,000.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    LAPIS LAZULI, CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARTIER, CIRCA 1986 (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A FINE LADY’S PLATINUM AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH, BY ROLEX, CIRCA 2002 (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    A TOURMALINE AND GOLD BROOCH, BY H. STERN, CIRCA 1970 (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND PENDANT NECKLACE (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 ATR HAMMER

    AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING, CIRCA 1920 (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    A SIGNED COPY OF THE IRISH PROCLAMATION AT ADAMS

    Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    One of only two known original copies of the Irish Proclamation in private hands signed by the printer Christoper Brady comes up at the annual James Adam History sale in Dublin on April 26.

    The most important document in modern Irish History was printed in Dublin on April 23, 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic.

    A print run of 2,500 copies was planned.  It seems unlikely that more than 100 were printed.  It was printed on an old Wharfdale Double-Crown, printing machine and the rollers the rollers failed to maintain an even pressure. The work was difficult and the paper quality was poor with the result that nearly all copies show some smudging.

    Printed at Liberty Hall on Easter Sunday, 1916 it was read from the steps of the General Post Office, O’Connell St., Dublin on Easter Monday morning by Padraig Pearse, thus heralding The Rising and the advance of Ireland towards self-determination. This copy is estimated at 150,000-250,000.

    The catalogue for the sale, which is online, lists 268 lots.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 120,000 AT HAMMER

    SLEEPER LOT MAKES 120,000 OVER ESTIMATE OF 500-800 AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, April 10th, 2017

    ITALIAN SCHOOL (19TH CENTURY)
    Jesus Wearing the Crown of Thorns

    Jesus Wearing the Crown of Thorns, an oil on copper panel measuring just  34 cm by 24 cm made a hammer price of 120,000 at the James Adam interiors sale in Dublin yesterday. It had been estimated at 500-800.

    A number of bidders had registered to bid on the phone and on the internet for the lot.  Eventually there was a bidding battle for the work between two internet bidders, neither of whom had actually viewed the painting.

    The work came from an institution that was having a clear out. Auctioneer James O’Halloran said he spotted it in a corridor because of the fantastic frame in which it was contained.  It was labelled “Italian School” and 19th century.  Copper is notoriously difficult to date, and it is now assumed that the work is from the 17th century.  The artist remains unknown at this stage.

    The work aroused strong interest from Italy and it is now leaving Ireland.  It is what auctioneers describe as a “sleeper”, a lot where the bidding unexpectedly takes off once it opens. This 120,000 hammer price followed a five minute bidding battle.

    AN AT HOME SALE AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, April 7th, 2017

    There will be an interiors At Home auction at James Adam in Dublin at noon on April 9.  The catalogue, which is online, lists 400 lots.  Here is a small selection:

    DUTCH SCHOOL (18TH CENTURY)
    Figures at a table in an interior with a basket of vegetables (500-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    A FRENCH KINGWOOD AND LEATHER INSET SHAPED RECTANGULAR WRITING DESK (300-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 350 AT HAMMER

    A PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY SEVRES PORCELAIN URNS (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    IRISH FIVE-PIECE SILVER TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE, Dublin 1966, mark of Larry Gunning (1,200-1,800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    BLACKSHAW STUDIO AND ICONIC POET PORTRAIT AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, March 24th, 2017
    With 40 lots from the studio of Basil Blackshaw, a view of Clare Island from Achill by Paul Henry, an evocation of a solo singer at the Queen’s Theatre in Dublin by Jack B. Yeats and an iconic portrait of poet Mairtin O Cadhain by Sean O’Sullivan, the evening sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam on March 29 amounts to a celebration of artistic Irishness.

    O Cadhain (1906-1970) is regarded as the most original and powerful writer in the Irish language for many generations. The portrait, estimated at just 4,000-6,000, was reproduced in most of his published work from 1953 onwards. It was used in an An Post stamp celebrating Celtic Scholars in 2006. The catalogue cover lot is Model Reading by Roderic O’Conor (18,000-25,000), the Henry seascape is estimated at 40,000-60,000 and the Yeats at 50,000-80,000. Estimates for the Blackshaw works vary from 500 to 10,000 for his portrait of Clint Eastwood.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 23, 2017)

    Peter Curling –
    The All Weather Gallop  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    Roderic O’Conor –
    Woman Reading (1904-5) UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    Sean O’Sullivan’s iconic portrait of Mairtin O Cadhain  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    Clare Island from Achill by Paul Henry.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 35,000 AT HAMMER

    THE ART OF ULSTER AT AVA GALLERY, CLANDEBOYE

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

    Clint Eastwood by Basil Blackshaw. UPDATE: THIS MADE 22,000 AT HAMMER.

    The Art of Ulster at the Ava Gallery on the Clandeboye estate outside Belfast from March 9-15 will include over 40 pieces from the studio of the late Basil Blackshaw. This is a preview exhibition of highlights from the next sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam, which takes place in Dublin on March 29.  Prices for the Blackshaw works vary from 100 to 10,000 for his portrait of Clint Eastwood.  The exhibition will include works by Paul Henry, Grace Henry, George Russell, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig and Maurice Wilks.

    There will be a section on later 20th century Ulster art, or what is now referred to as the art of the troubles.  This includes work by Dermot Seymour, Micky Donnelly, Jack Pakenham, Brian Ferran, Ross Wilson and Victor Sloan.  In addition there are two sculptures from F.E. MacWilliam’s Banner Series completed at the height of the troubles in 1975.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 22,000 AT HAMMER

    ADAMS ‘AT HOME’ SALE IN DUBLIN ON FEBRUARY 26

    Saturday, February 18th, 2017
    Adams say that their first At Home auction of 2017 in Dublin on February 26 will provide decorators and home makers with remarkable opportunities for layering – the currently fashionable interior trend with lots of mixing of textures, colours and styles.  More than 350 lots of silverware, jewellery, antique furniture, porcelain, collectibles and paintings at very reasonable estimates are to be sold.
    Silver rarities include a pair of Limerick mustard spoons (150) by Thomas Burke and a 17th century trefid tablespoon by Benjamin Watts of London (400).

    There are two still life studies by artist Cecil Kennedy from the estate of a Co. Cork collector.  Bought through the London gallery of McConnell Mason they are estimated respectively at 6,000 and 5,000.  An early Victorian Mason’s 85 piece dinner service and a Dun Emer Guild wool carpet with Celtic pattern are each estimated at 2,000. A vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk and a tan leather suitcase are estimated at 3,000 and 300.  Antique furniture includes a 19th century hunt table (5,000) and a George IV console table in the manner of Del Vecchio of Dublin (4,000).  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY STYLE VERNIS MARTIN INLAID AND PAINTED KINGWOOD VITRINE CABINETS (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 1,900 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY CUT GLASS JUG (200-500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 160 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGE III INLAID MAHOGANY COMPACT SIDEBOARD (700-1,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 700

    An Irish mahogany and marble top side table (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A George III black and gilt Japanned clock c1760 inscribed John Dene Dublin (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    MOORCROFT VASES SELL FOR 6,000 AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, January 30th, 2017

    A WILLIAM MOORCROFT BURSLEM CHINA PAIR OF CIRCULAR BALUSTER TAPERING SLENDER VASES

    A William Moorcroft Burslem china par of circular baluster tapering slender vases sold for a hammer price of 6,000 at the January sale at James Adam in Dublin on January 29. They are stamped  ‘Florian Ware, Jas MacIntyre & Co Ltd., Burslem, England’ and with Moorcroft signature in green.
    William Moorcroft was born in Burslem and trained in London at the National Art Training School. He gained a reputation as one of the leading pottery designers in Britain and was highly sought after by retailers such as Tiffanys. Moorcroft drew inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement and was fond of bold colour and Oriental form. This was reflected in his work, notably in his Florian Range at MacIntyre & Co. which was extremely popular.

    This gave him the confidence to leave James MacIntyre & Co. and set up on his own. His departure was by no means amicable. It is reported that Moorcroft left suddenly and took many of MacIntyres employees with him. William Moorcroft was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Gold medal for his designs at the 1904 St Louis Exhibition. In 1928 he was awarded Royal Patronage by Queen Mary. Moorcroft is one of the last remaining independent art potteries in the world today.

    THE JANUARY SALE AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

    Around 375 lots will come under the hammer at the January sale at James Adam in Dublin at noon on January 29.   There is an affordable selection of silver, art, dining chairs, lighting, antique furniture,  glass, porcelain, mirrors.  rugs and collectible items.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    WYCLIFFE EGGINTON RI RCA (1875-1951)
    Still life of roses in a mug watercolour (300-400) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 570 AT HAMMER

    A CHINESE BLACK LACQUER CABINET (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 130 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGIAN INLAID WALNUT AND CROSSBANDED KNEEHOLE WRITING DESK (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 160 AT HAMMER

    SET OF SIX IRISH BRIGHT CUT ENGRAVED SILVER TEASPOONS, Dublin 1894, together with a similar small Irish silver scroll end soup ladle, Dublin 1896 (80-120)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 120 AT HAMMER.